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Welcome Dr. Michael Forehand as the new principal for SRS!
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January 11, 2015
Friends and Families of Sarah Smith Elementary School,
It is an honor to serve each of you. Please know that the interview committee did a thorough job of screening, interviewing, and preparing for the selection of a new principal. From the very moment that I walked into the interview room, I could feel the passion and perseverance that the committee displayed for finding just the right educator to lead Sarah R. Smith (SRS) Elementary into the future. After attending the Macy’s tree lighting event at Lenox and spending a full day touring both campuses, I was further impressed by the talent of the children and high quality research -based teaching exemplified by our faculty and staff. Dr. Proctor has graciously spent countless hours helping me during my transition and it is evident that he is invested in the continued success of all friends and families of the Sarah Smith community. I commit to you that I will do all that I can to build on the collective work of Dr. Proctor and the SRS faculty and staff already in progress. The plan in place is well thought out, research -based, and showing success.
Many of you have asked, “What is your vision for our school?” There really isn’t a simple answer to that question. Over the next several months I will be spending a majority of my time observing instruction, building relationships, and listening to the hopes and desires of students, teachers, parents, and friends of Sarah Smith. My vision for Sarah Smith Elementary will be formed from these observations and experiences. After all, the students, teachers, parents, and community partners are the true ‘very important people’! We are a community school and it is our collective vision that will ultimately guide the next chapter for Sarah Smith. The support of the Parent Teacher Association, Sarah Smith Education Foundation, and the many partners and friends of the school is a cornerstone for continued success. I am eager to begin working with these entities as we plan for the future. I hope that you will take the time to come out and meet me January 12, 2016 at 7 PM during our general PTA Meeting. I intend to share a little about my background and experiences in education.
As we continue this journey, it is imperative that we continue to tell our story and celebrate our success. I enjoy sharing the hard work and dedication of my team through Twitter. Additionally, Twitter is a great way to share and learn with other schools across the nation. I challenge you to follow me @MrForehand. During my visits to classrooms in December, I had the opportunity to meet the children. After observing students explaining their thinking through Math Exemplars, participating in ‘hour of coding,’ and speaking the beautiful language of French, I was able to see the talent and love for school that our students enjoy. Working directly with students and teachers is my passion and I enjoy spending much of my day side by side with these most precious resources. When visiting each campus you will probably note that I am frequently in the classrooms. Please know that you are important to me. I want to give you the time and attention that you deserve with any thoughts, questions, or concerns that you may have, without taking time and attention away from teaching and learning. Should you find a need to speak with any member of the administrative team, simply call the school or stop by the office and make an appointment with our administrative assistant team. We are always willing and eager to spend time with you, our extended family. Furthermore, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail me any time at Michael.Forehand@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
As a principal for the past four years, I have dedicated my lifeTo helping students and teachers achieve their goals. I have worked diligently to build strong partnerships with corporations and to build trust with stakeholders. Thank you for trusting me with our community’s most precious resource, our children. I will not let you down.
Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Principal